In a bizarre twist of fate, the bird was lit and burnt to the ground at 4:00 a.m. At this point nobody seems to know who set it on fire or why. Last year we had a major snowstorm that put somewhat of a damper on the event. Steady rain is forecast for today and tonight. I cancelled my bird wand making workshop this morning.
The community is determined to rise above all these odds, and today a bonfire is being burned literally on top of the ashes of the Phoenix that already burned. The fire will burn all day and into the night. The festival is still scheduled to go on, and the bonfire will be the focus instead of the ceremonial lighting and burning of the bird.
I am donating all my bird wands for this year to the evening. There are about 200 of them, and they will be available this evening for FREE to whoever gets there first.
UPDATE on festival.....a new bird was made and burned! Here are a couple of shots of the wands in action.